BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – The Howlin’ Brothers sound like their veins and muscles were forged out of the Mississippi mud.
The three-piece string band blends bluegrass, country, blues and Cajun to create a truly soulful Southern sound. The thing is, the three band members – Jared Green, Ian Craft and Ben Plasse – are what some Southerners would call “yankees.”
“We’re all from the northern part of the country,” Green said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “I grew up in Wisconsin. But we’ve been in Nashville a long time.”
The guys bonded over their love for Southern sounds at college in New York, so they formed a band.
The Howlin’ Brothers have released two critically acclaimed albums, “Howl” in 2013 and “Trouble” this spring. As more and more fans flock to the band’s rootsy sound, the busier the band gets.
“More and more people are coming to our shows. We’ve got to see a lot of cool places and meet a lot of cool bands. It’s been fun, writing songs on the road,” Green said.
The Howlin’ Brothers are always writing, whether they’re touring the states or Europe, as they’ll do this fall.
It’s the band’s live shows that keep fans coming back for more.
“We’ll bring a whole wave of energy. We’ll definitely be playing all the stiles we like, from old time to country to Louisiana stuff to the stomping blues.”
Green likes to break out his dancing shoes at shows, and he hopes the audience will dot he same.
“We’re a youthful string band, and we have upbeat shows with a lot of dancing. We’re trying to make something new out of what sounds old,” he said. “Tell everybody to bring their dancing pants.”